I’m watching a live web-cast of one of the Democratic caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa. The sight of real voters in the trenches working this out amongst themselves is heart warming. It’s almost like they made a massive game of the process. The caucusers mill around the room, coalesce, repel, and react like tiny interacting agents working to form something much larger than themselves.
At the same time, seeing something so important, with so much weight, executed in such a seemingly haphazard manner, is frightening. I cannot imagine a more error-prone, arcane way to choose a delegate. They may as well line up and have a dance off to the tune of “Cool” from West Side Story. In any other country this process would be tagged as a gigantic “voting irregularity” and the U.N. would be sending in lawyers with fire hoses to regulate.
Still, it looks fun, and the Iowans seem to be enjoying it.